Summary: Our security in salvation is discovered through faith in Christ and not by dependence on anything or anyone else.
SECURITY IN SALVATION
It is interesting to note the things that people find security in. Many find security in material possessions. Among these may be a fine house, a boat, hunting equipment, a nice car, fine furniture and the like. Others find security in insurance policies: health and property. Somte time ago, this aspect of security hit me. We had had no insurance on our belongings. With word of thieves breaking in, I began to wonder how we would replace belongings that were important to us if someone stole them or if a fire or natural disaster destroyed them. The way I solved the problem was by taking out some insurance. Others invest in retirement programs and Social Security so that they might have financial security at retirement or disability. Still others sasve in some manner for their children's future. Many choose to make out a will. This assures the security of their belongings after their death. We lock our houses at night and lock up other valuables to provide a sense of security. There is something about feeling secure in our persons and with our belongings that is a part of human nature. This sense of security or being safe causes a feeling of calmness to come over us that is not present when we feel insecure.
In like manner, we need to feel secure in our salvation. Paul continues his defense in these passages by telling us this security can come only through faith in Jesus Christ. We cannot work for this sense of security found in salvation. Christ freely gives it to those who express the desire to possess it.
Along with this teaching, he rebukes the Galatians for allowing the Judaizers to bewitch or trick them. They had previously accepted his message that salvation comes by faith alone, but now some of them had allowed the Judaizers to trick them into believing that they had to work for it. They had defected from and deserted the teachings of Paul and more importantly Jesus. They were undercutting the gospel message of salvation through their actions. They were trying to improve on the finished work of Christ, and this is an impossibility. By doing so, they were losing the joy and freedom of their salvation. They were returning to the bondage of legalism by which no one could be saved.
Perhaps you have known or know Christians like this. They started out well in the faith but pulled away for some reason. Some fall into the trap of believing in legalism or some form of works righteousness. Others may fall into formalism or observing external ceremonies and rites as a part of their salvation. Some try to improve their standing before God by observing the strict do's and don'ts. Others look for some second blessing that will lead them to a higher spiritual plane. Some look for a second work of grace. We cannot add anything at all to our faith. This is the bottom line of salvation and what we find security in as well.
In these verses, Paul reminds them that faith is the necessary element. He also tells them that this experience of faith involves Christ, the Holy Spirit and God the Father. Because of this, we need not depend on anything other than our faith for our acceptance by God.